U.S. officials said China’s development of space weapons to counter U.S. cited concerns (Figure)
Data Figure: Japanese schematic drawing of the Chinese anti-satellite test
Global Network reporter Zhong Weidong reported on February 8, according to AFP news, published on Friday a 10-year U.S. space security policy, Pentagon officials said that China is developing to shoot down satellites or interfere with satellite signals the “counter-space” weapons.
in the United States Department of Defense and intelligence released 10 years with a “U.S. national security space strategy” (NSSS) on the occasion, responsible for space policy, Deputy Defense Minister Schulte told the media: “China ‘counter-space’ in the input power cause us concern. ”
Schulte said the report marks a major shift in U.S. strategy, drawn up in the next 10 years, a blueprint for the development of space, to let the United States in a crowded, competitive, challenging and sometimes full of hostile environment, “more dynamic” and more to defend their assets.
Schulte said: “Space is no longer the exclusive United States and the Soviet zone, and in that time we can freely act.” He added: “There are more competitors to join , more countries launch satellites, we have to worry about these R & D ‘anti-space’ power state, because such weapons could be used for non-peaceful purposes, and China in the development of these ‘anti-space’ power forward position . “
Schulte said the U.S. concerns about China’s space activities, prompting Defense Secretary Robert Gates to seek dialogue with China in space and stability into question.
2007, China has missiles with a medium-range ground-to destroy its own weather satellite, the international community is not only concerned about China’s space “weapons” and also worried about the formation of the satellite fragments of space junk.
Schulte said, shoot down the satellite so that the world is not only concerned about the amount of space junk, are also concerned about China’s anti-space capabilities, China has not only capable of shooting down a spacecraft’s defense forces. In the other counter-space activities, Beijing has been interfering satellite signals, and is developing directed energy weapons (directed energyweapon), the use of such weapons spread along a certain direction with the launch of high-energy beam target.
Schulte also said that China is not the only one to show off their anti-space power, Iran and Ethiopia are to do so.